Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Genetic Roulette - The Gamble of our Lives

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Are you and your family on the wrong side of a bet?

When the US government ignored repeated warnings by its own scientists and allowed untested genetically modified (GM) crops into our environment and food supply, it was a gamble of unprecedented proportions. The health of all living things and all future generations were put at risk by an infant technology.

After two decades, physicians and scientists have uncovered a grave trend. The same serious health problems found in lab animals, livestock, and pets that have been fed GM foods are now on the rise in the US population. And when people and animals stop eating genetically modified organisms (GMOs), their health improves.

This seminal documentary provides compelling evidence to help explain the deteriorating health of Americans, especially among children, and offers a recipe for protecting ourselves and our future.

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It is indeed a timely wake-up call, not only for America but also the rest of the world, to realise that genetically modified (GM) foods are potentially dangerous to human health, and are likely culprits for the increase in health symptoms and illnesses, such as inflammation, digestive disorders, autoimmune diseases and allergies.

Like what the video pointed out, GM food had been introduced surreptitiously into the American diet since the 1990s, and most Americans back then didn't know they were part of the experiment since the average consumer is usually busy with work and family life. But in recent years, more people are questioning the safety of GM foods, in view of rising health problems of the population.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Testimony of a cancer survivor: "Cannabis Cures Cancer: Look At Me, I'm Cancer Free!"

This article "Cannabis Cures Cancer: Look At Me, I'm Cancer Free!" needs to be read. Please take just 5 minutes. It might save your life. 

It is perhaps not surprising that cannabis or marijuana has potent healing power to cure cancer since it is known that shamans have been using it for medicinal therapy and spiritual practices. 

"The cannabis was presumably (cultivated and) employed by this culture as a medicinal or psychoactive agent, or an aid to divination. To our knowledge, these investigations provide the oldest documentation of cannabis as a pharmacologically active agent, and contribute to the medical and archeological record of this pre-Silk Road culture."
In other words, shamans were using cannabis as a spiritual medicine and as an aid in religious/mystical transcendence 2,800 years ago. Before written language, divine cannabis knowledge was being passed down from generation to generation. Cannabis in all likelihood has had its roots deep in our human history for thousands of years.

Cannabis may have been humans' earliest medicine, and the oldest religious sacrament!

Like what the author of the above blog says:
"The bottom line is diet and exercise alone prevents or turns around most of our modern ailments - heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and some forms of chronic pain are all symptoms of a sedentary lifestyle, barren of whole foods, or even the knowledge of how to cook a real meal."

Here's sharing another case of a person cured of cancer through using cannabis oil.

"The beautiful little girl you see before you is named Mykayla. Eating Cannabis Oil saved her life when she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Cannabis has saved her life, and countless others..
The US Government has known since 1974 that Cannabis cures Cancer. In '72 Richard Nixon wanted a larger budget for his war on drugs. He thought that if he proved Cannabis caused lung cancer like cigarettes do, he would get the support he needed. He gave the Medical College of Virginia 2 years to do a study on the effects of THC on the body. In '74 the study was completed. It turns out, THC when ingested in highly concentrated forms (such as eating Cannabis oil) will attack any mutated cells in your body while strengthening and rejuvenating the healthy cells. They found the PERFECT cure for Cancer. It worked fast, it worked well, it worked on many different forms of Cancer in ALL stages and it had ZERO harmful side effects. (Unlike Chemo which deteriorates your entire body and kills 1 in 5 patients. Not only that, but it dissolves ALL forms of tumors and can even combat super-bugs like MRSA.) When Richard Nixon saw the results of the study he was FURIOUS. He threw the entire report in the trash and deemed the study classified. In 1976 President Gerald Ford put an end to all public cannabis research and granted exclusive research rights to major pharmaceutical companies, who set out — unsuccessfully — to develop synthetic forms of THC that would deliver all the medical benefits without the “high.”
We only found out about the study a few years ago thanks to dedicated medical and law professionals who filed Freedom of Information Requests. The Government lied for many reasons.. One of the main reasons is Pharmaceutical Companies. They spend billions every year lobbying to keep Cannabis illegal because they make TRILLIONS off Cancer drugs and research. They are already well aware that Cannabis cures Cancer. They have a great con going at the moment. Cancer patients and their loved ones will spend their entire life savings or even sell their houses and businesses in order to pay for Chemotherapy and other Cancer treatment drugs. A lot of the time they spend all that money and their loved one dies anyway. If the public found out that the Government has been lying for over 40 years, that MILLIONS of lives could have been saved and that the dying could grow the cure they need in their backyard... The Public would be going mental.
PLEASE keep an open mind about this. I realize it's hard to believe but I PROMISE YOU, it's true. Two of my close friends wouldn't be here today if Cannabis Oil hadn't saved their lives. If you want to know more, you should Google 'Cannabis Cures Cancer'. You will see that there are thousands of published scientific studies, articles, books, documentaries and personal testimonies on this subject. Id start with the film 'Run From The Cure'. Its one of my favorites.
If you'd like to support Mykayla and learn about her amazing recovery, here is her page.
PS: PLEASE read all the comments in this thread before you ask a question in the comments below. Chances are, I've probably already answered it.
Here is more information:

I had a discussion with Mykayla's parents. They tried Chemo and it wasn't working. That is why they resorted to using Cannabis. They heard about another little boy named Cash Hyde that was saved by Cannabis oil too, and since Mykayla's parents live in California, they were able to easily get a prescription for Cannabis Oil.
Comments from Mykayla's Parents...

Lymphoblasts are immature cells which typically differentiate to form mature lymphocytes. Normally lymphoblasts are found in the bone marrow only, but in acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), lymphoblasts proliferate uncontrollably and are found in large numbers in the peripheral blood smear.
July 14th 2012 (diagnosis day and steroid treatment began) Mykayla’s Lymphoblast percentage in her blood smear was 33%

July 15th 2012 - 51% Lymphoblasts in Mykayla’s blood smear

July 16th 2012 – 11% Lymphoblasts in Mykayla’s blood smear (began chemotherapy)

July 17th 2012 – 14% Lymphoblasts in Mykayla’s blood smear

July 18th 2012 – 16% Lymphoblasts in Mykayla’s blood smear

July 19th 2012 – 3% Lymphoblasts in Mykayla’s blood smear

July 20th 2012 – 29% Lymphoblasts in Mykayla’s blood smear (got released from hospital)

July 23rd 2012 – 31% Lymphoblasts in Mykayla’s blood smear


July 26th 2012 – 5% Lymphoblasts in Mykayla’s blood smear

July 30th 2012 – 3% Lymphoblasts in Mykayla’s blood (doctor spoke to us about Mykayla’s Lymphoblast count failing to go down to 0 and said that a Bone Marrow Transplant MAY BE in our near future because her blasts are not gone from her blood.

August 2nd 2012 – 0% blasts

August 6th 2012 – 0% blasts

August 13th 2012 – 0% blasts

August 20th 2012 – 0% blasts

TODAY – 0% blasts!
July 30th 2012 was THE VERY LAST TIME THEY HAVE FOUND LYMPHOBLASTS IN MYKAYLA’S BLOOD SMEAR!!!! The very next time we saw the oncologist they told us Mykayla was in remission.
Mykayla had a bad reaction that could have been fatal... from an antibiotic!!!!! Think... Chemo is the only thing putting her on the edge of life... and its sad. She has NO cancer... but they require 2 1/2 to 3 years of chemo at least for acute lymphoblastic leukemia..
Some may say that cannabis does not “cure” cancer… I am not saying the steroids and chemo didn’t help… but this right here shows something… It's proof enough for me! Some say cannabis is inappropriate for children… We believe cancer is inappropriate for children. ♥ Peace Love and Happiness
*To be CLEAR here.. Mykayla is CANCER FREE but she still has to go through Chemo. Got that? She has NO cancer... But they still require 2 1/2 to 3 years of chemo at least for acute lymphoblastic leukemia.. So please, don't go doubting this information just because her page says she's still doing Chemo. Her parents have commented in the thread below this post and further explained all this."

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Ways to overcome depression naturally

Here's sharing some excerpts of an informative and comprehensive article below that identifies the causes of depression, which reassures the readers that it is normal to experience depression from time to time as part of life. For example, the following excerpt says that depression is like any emotion such as sadness, joy and excitement.
"Like sadness, joy, excitement, anger, fear, jealousy, and worry, depression is a normal human emotion that plays an important role in mental health and well-being. Just as with any emotion, to hide it or to deny it is to risk encouraging it to snowball into a larger and more formidable issue.

All emotions, including depression, require that we first acknowledge their presence and influence upon our psyches before they can be successfully resolved. This is the primary value in any effective form of talk therapy. Verbalize it, process it, assimilate the implications, release it, and move on. Depression of this type serves a very important function. It provides the impetus that allows us to reflect upon the decisions we have made and the actions that we have taken, which play a large role in the direction our life has taken. Depression allows for critical course corrections that can make a world of a difference in the long run.

Depression is commonly the result of letting other unprocessed emotions and life issues build up over time. Men are particularly prone to depression that comes from their macho, stiff upper lip conditioning, which discourages them from expressing how they really feel. They have thoroughly assimilated the twisted cultural message that to express anything but a false sense of strength and control is akin to being weak, impotent, and inadequate. Little do many men - and women - know, that it is a true sign of strength and courage to be able to face one's emotions and issues squarely without hesitation. Most of the time this is all that is required because, once that first step is taken, resolution is usually not far off."
Like what the excerpt says, our culture may discourage people from expressing how they really feel as it can be a sign of being weak and inadequate, but that is not true and it is actually a false sense of strength and control. I grew up in a mainly conservative and repressive family and social environment where open expression of emotions of happiness and sadness is usually frowned upon, and it takes me a long time to learn how to express how I really feel, such as through writing poems, and more recently through blogging. Expressing our emotions through these safe and healthy ways goes a long way for our emotional healing and internal resolution.

The article continues to talk about other causes of depression, such as chronic pain, grief (as a normal response to loss), painful situations, and hormonal changes.
"Another variety of depression is the type that accompanies female hormonal changes. Unfortunately, this is a very common problem that is not caused by faulty brain chemistry as much as it is a function of hormonal imbalance. Such imbalances can be triggered by normal hormonal events such as the first onset of menses, pregnancy, miscarriage, labor and delivery, and menopause. Another factor that can alter normal hormonal function is the ever-increasing presence of hormonally active substances that have found their way into the food chain through big agriculture and pharmaceutical waste products."
Anti-depressant drugs not only have side effects but also worsen the symptoms. I think it is unfortunate that modern medicine tends to treat only the symptoms instead of the underlying causes such as the above causes, and the drugs tend to do more harm than good in the long run. I have taken Xanax (an anti-anxiety drug) for example, a few years ago from recovering from stress and burnout, and while it induces a sense of euphoria for a period of time, I found myself feeling worse when the euphoric feeling wore off (I think it's part of the withdrawal symptoms). I counted myself fortunate that I have not developed an addiction for this medication.

The following websites explain the adverse effects of antidepressant medications or drugs.
"(NaturalNews) A recent industry-funded study on antidepressant drugs has revealed that the medications can cause roughly 20 percent of patients to get worse depression symptoms than if they simply took nothing. Published in the journal Archives of General Psychiatry, the study, which was largely controlled by drug giant Eli Lilly, is an eye-opener for those who still put their faith in antidepressants like Cymbalta (duloxetine), which carry with them life-altering side effects."
"(NaturalNews) Antidepressants are the most prescribed (often overprescribed) medication in the United States. But, contrary to popular belief - taking Zoloft, Prozac and Lexapro (to name a few) can be very dangerous to your health. These selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI's) can cause physical pain, involuntary movement, sexual dysfunction and life-threatening drug interactions. Clearly, most people have NOT been told the entire story. (keep reading)"
Learn more:
This website below recommends some ways to treat depression naturally and avoid harmful drugs.
"Herbs that can be taken for depression include balm, borage, limeflower, oats, rosemary and vervain. These can be taken as herbal teas, taken in tablet form or added to bath water. Oats in the diet contain a rich source of antidepressant B vitamins."
Besides herbal teas, I learnt that drinking plenty of water can help alleviate depression and anxiety too. This is a good reminder for me as well to continue to drink adequate water to stay hydrated and refreshed.

Related link:
Rethinking Creativity and Depression

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Realigning spine posture and resolving back pains through yoga

Here's sharing an interesting quote below from a blog about how yoga can help realign the spine posture and resolve back pains, which everyone may have experienced at some points in life. For me, doing yoga has helped me to be more conscious of my posture and reminds me to not slouch when standing or walking, for example, and I find that I feel better and more grounded when I make the effort to hold my head up and pull back my shoulders. This takes continual reminders and practice though on my part.

"Harris reminds us that in Hatha yoga the spine was seen as the center of our sacred anatomy It was considered the microcosm of the Axis Mundi, the pillar that supports the world. This pillar was seen as the axis between Heaven and Earth, and was paradoxically in constant motion while being motionless at the center. Harris writes “This implies one of the most important goals of yoga; to bring the body and mind into stillness in order to experience the inner world.”
"The Sacred Spine: Our Axis Between Heaven and Earth" by

Thursday, October 11, 2012

What is Total Body Modification?

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Wellness Associates
3322 Babcock Blvd
Pittsburgh, Pa 15237
Total Body Modification

Much of traditional care fails to find the underlying root cause of health problems. For example, you are what you eat. However you are what you digest, assimilate and eliminate. You have to do all four. TBM which stands for Total Body Modification is a technique we use in our office that is used to find the organ or area of the body that is stressed and to also correct the problem by restoring balance to the brain and spinal cord-The Central Nervous System. What this does is it first finds and then corrects Functional Physiology, which is how the body works. It allows the power that made the body to correct the body and to allow the body to heal, as the body will heal itself, if given the opportunity to do it.

The body has an inherent ability of self-regeneration. Life heals! Total Body Modification (TBM) demonstrates that if the right thing is done to the right body at the right time and the right way--miracles happen!

We now know that the brain works similar to a computer. Sensory fibers carry messages to the brain where they are processed, like a computer, and the brain, in turn, tells the body what to do.

Total Body Modification Research

Research has proven that under sufficient stress, the neurons in the brain centers, which are controlling the stressed organ or body part, essentially depolarize. this is like blowing a fuse on an electrical circuit. The message gets to the brain but fails to return. The results are that the brain (computer) loses effective control over the afflicted organ or body part. This leaves the organ or body part running out of control. Using tried and tested reflex points and muscle testing, the TBM practitioner can find the problem. The practitioner will then stimulate a specific area or areas of the spine in a specific manner in an attempt to stimulate the neurons in the brain to repolarize (fix the fuse) and allow the brain to regain control of the body and guide it back to health. Since a correctly functioning nervous system is a major requirement for health, it follows that Total Body Modification can have a part to play in almost any problem and to uncover and correct the road blocks to recovery.

Using Total Body Modification techniques can realign the functions and interactions within the body and systems. We can reprogram your body's internal computer by a combination of muscle testing, touching specific points on the body corresponding to various body parts or systems, making specific corrections at specific levels of the spine in specific orders. Sometimes SOT blocks, an instrument (Activator), or the hand itself are used to make the specific corrections.

Total Body Modification with Dr. Goldberg

Give Wellness Associates a call at:412-367-3778, as we now know that the cure for all disease, is to just get healthy! Learn more about Total Body Modification today.
I have checked out the video interview with the chiropractor Dr Goldberg. I agree with his view on holistic healthcare which may include "chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy, diet, life-style, exercise, massage and nutrition", as mentioned in his website too. This would take care of not only the symptoms but also the root causes of symptoms. I learnt that modern or western medicine are allopathic which treats only the symptoms and rarely the root causes, and western medicine usually has side effects too. So, yes our body is designed for self healing and it is usually a matter of listening to our body and do our own research, like what the video says, and then make the necessary changes in our diet and lifestyle (such as eating more dark green leafys, avoiding foods that trigger the symptoms, exercising and relieving stress through yoga, for example).

I was also checking out some websites on Total Body Modification earlier, and I learnt that Dr Mercola, a well-known natural health practitioner, came to realise the value of this healing technique, as described in his article "Next to prayer the most powerful healing technique I am aware of". He shared that this technique uses energy reflex points to rebalance the automatic nervous system. He also shared that when he performed an autonomic response testing on a patient, he found out the problem within 2 minutes, which was the person's food allergy to oatmeal. He wrote:

"I really don't understand how this works, but I can offer some suggestions as to speculated mechanisms. The technique's effectiveness seems to be related to using energy reflex points, somewhat similar to acupressure, at specific body sites to neutralize the energy imbalance in the body. There also seems to be a profound normalization that rebalances the autonomic nervous system.

The autonomic nervous system is frequently referred to as the master regulator of metabolism because in controls all the involuntary activities of the body, all the functions of the body that are not under your conscious control. This would include functions like your heart rate, digesting, breathing, tissue repair and rebuilding, regulation of your body temperature, immune system and countless other functions. Once the autonomic nervous system is rebalanced and improved, many physical aspects of disease have a corresponding improvement"

The following website has some encouraging information, saying that TBM can treat certain conditions, such as hiatal hernia (in a couple of minutes).
"TBM works amazingly well not only with allergies but also in treating the side-effects of all medications. Hiatal hernias can be treated in a couple of minutes. One patient had the hiatal hernia correction but still went for the scheduled endoscopy only to be told by the bewildered doctor that it looked like she had had a hiatal hernia but it had somehow cleared up. Other diseases that have been successfully treated with TBM include chronic fatigue, frequent colds and flus, viruses (e.g. Herpes, Epstein Barr), Lupus, infertility, arthritis, joint and back problems, gallstones, Crohn's disease, diabetes and glaucoma."

Related websites: 
What Does A Therapist Do When Performing TBM? 
Total Body Modification for the Treatment of Allergies

Some low-cost foods that contain proteins, other than legumes

I think this article "How to Get Enough Protein on Tight Budget" gives some good suggestions on how to supplement protein intake with foods other than legumes such as long beans. I agree eating meat (such as fish and skinless white poultry lean meat) occasionally is recommended to get some animal protein with amino acids. I learnt that canned sardines are healthy and inexpensive. I sometimes eat canned sardines, and it's one of my favourite dishes. It is also high in calcium and good for the bones, and contains iron and omega 3 fatty acids, as explained in the website below. 
"Canned sardines are packed with many nutrients. Just one serving -- a 3.75 oz.
water-packed can -- contains 19 g of protein, helping to build and maintain lean 
body mass. It also contains important minerals, providing 20 percent of the daily 
value for calcium and 10 percent of the daily value for iron of a typical 2000-calorie 
diet. Sardines are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, the type of fat that is 
 protective against heart disease, stroke and other medical conditions."
I also learnt that yoghurts are good source of proteins and they have the added benefit of probiotics 
which is great for digestive health. 
"Real yogurt is made from RAW dairy products and contains lots of good protein and comes from the whey in milk."
"8. Yogurt is an excellent source of protein. Plain yogurt contains around ten to fourteen grams of protein per eight ounces, which amounts to twenty percent of the daily protein requirement for most persons."

When grocery shopping, it is important to consider what types of food are rich in protein. As humans age, more and more protein is needed to keep the body fine-tuned and running. The perfect solution is yogurt. Yogurt is tasty and an excellent source of protein.
So, I think these are some healthy and inexpensive sources of proteins to consider.

Good for you, meditation is

Yoda wisdom on meditation.
It is interesting to see Yoda from the Star Wars movie illustrating the basics of meditating through focusing on inhaling and exhaling of our breath. After all, Yoda was portrayed as a guru or teacher in the movie, and I learnt he was quoted as saying "you must feel the Force around you." Apparently the Force was described as a "binding, metaphysical, and ubiquitous power in the fictional universe of the Star Wars galaxy." I think it is not far from the truth as I believe there is a Force of love, grace and peace within and around each of us, and meditation is a key to accessing and activating this Force. May the Force be with us always.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Meatrix: Stop animal abuse in factory farms

This animation video is both a satire and social-environmental commentary on how propaganda through the mass media have blinded many people to the actual situation in factory farms, where many farm animals were living in unhygienic living conditions. It unveils the ugly reality that profit-orientation of commercial farming and mass production of meat and dairy food (including beef, eggs, etc) have unfortunately compromised on the well-being of the farm animals, as well as the health of people who ate their meats.
"In a dark satire of The Matrix, Leo, a pig on a seemingly bucolic family farm, is approached by Moopheus, an anthropomorphic bull. Moopheus shows Leo that the farm he has known is an illusion, and that he is really trapped in a horrific factory farm. Leo and Moopheus then work to break out of the Meatrix and help others do the same, with some help from a third character, Chickity.[4][5] The animated short aims to encourage consumers to purchase organic food products and free-range meats."
I think it is good that the producers of this movie "Meatrix" are endeavouring to spread awareness of the reality behind factory farming through the edutainment media, because that's the channel or the means to reach out to as many people in the modern society as possible, who are exposed to mass media themselves. This awareness will help people/consumers to make informed decisions, and help address the situations in their own ways, such as choosing not to buy foods that are mass produced from factory farms but instead buy foods from free range and organic farms.

The movie website has a section that informs the public on the various issues behind sustainable agriculture and factory farming, such as the fact that many animals in the farm are being fed antibiotics, and so on.
"Because of the crowded and unsanitary conditions on factory farms, animals are often fed low doses of antibiotics. Antibiotics are also used to make the animals grow faster. This is contributing to the growing problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in humans."
I think propaganda (or mass media) can work both ways - it can be used to advertise and brainwash people about certain ideas by some corporations, authorities, religious institutions, politicians, etc for their own dubious agendas, or it can be used to educate and inform people about how people, animals, environment, etc have suffered because of unfair systems and how people can find ways to address the issues in their own ways. Mass media - in the form of internet, newspapers, radio, TVs, books, etc - is perhaps a neutral medium, and it is up to people to decide how to use it to benefit themselves as well as others.

Related links:

Monday, October 8, 2012

Breathe Deeply

Just by breathing more and reminding yourself to breath deeply, you can help improve the overall wellness of your body. Breath deeply! 

I find deep breathing useful to alleviate tiredness especially when I wake up in the morning and wait for the groggy feeling to dissipate, and the first ten minutes or so upon waking up would be an almost instinctual act of deep breathing before I would feel more awake. Similarly on weekdays I would endeavour to increase oxygen intake when taking breaks from the computer by walking up and down the stairs to get some exercise in the afternoon, which naturally causes me to breathe more deeply. Like what this blog shares, God is in our breathing, and oxygen can be seen as that aspect of God/Spirit that gives us life, healing and refreshment.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Pancreas Cleanse Juice

The pancreas cleanse juice looks delicious. I suppose it is highly beneficial because of the high antioxidant levels in the ingredients which boost the immune system. For example, this website notes that beet and asparagus are especially high in antioxidants, and are anti-cancer too.

This website also states that asparagus helps balance the insulin level n the body, which is produced by the pancreas

Our Food: Medicine or Poison

The above quote is so true: The food we eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of (natural) medicine or the slowest form of poison. This reminds me of a recent news article about a man who ate microwaveable popcorn every day for 10 years, and ended up developing respiratory illness.

Do we have the right to know what's in our food?

Yes, we all have the right as consumers to know what is in our food. I have googled about label GMO and learnt that 50 countries with over 40% of the world's population already label GMO foods. It's high time for other countries to follow suit to give consumers the right to know what's in their food, especially since there are studies that show GMO foods may pose health risks in the long run. I learnt that in Singapore there are no such laws requiring GMO foods to be labelled as such, and the authorities appear to be dragging their feet about it, citing economic concerns, which is not really surprising since they appear more worried about companies making profits than people's health and well being. I will see what I can do to help spread awareness on the need for more people to know what is in our food too.

I also learnt that while there is no GMO label on foods in Singapore yet, there are some foods that have non-GMO labels, as mentioned in a forum.

Originally posted by harrow:

"Haha, well it's true that in SG there is no ruling that you can't use GM food. However, you cannot label your product as Non-GMO unless it is true. If you want to be on the safe side, look for foods with labels that state Non-GMO.

Also for your reference, Europe is not the only country with strict Non-GMO rules. Japan, Hong Kong, Australia and even Thailand is very strict with that."

So, at least I can choose to buy foods that are certified organic or labelled non-GMO, which are safer and healthier. I have also stopped buying canola cooking oil some time ago after reading about its side effects due to it being genetically modified. I have switched to other kinds of cooking oil instead.

"Not all of us can eat 100% non-gmo every single day, but all of us can manage to do one day a week with some efforts. Shoot for the moon, but never forget that every little step you make counts."

Yes, each of us has the power to make a difference. Like what Helen Keller said,"I am only one, But still I am one. I cannot do everything, But still I can do something;" So just like each of us can save the environment through making adjustments in our own lifestyle, I can also do my part in not supporting GM foods and the companies that produce GM foods by choosing to buy organic and/or non-GM foods wherever I can. Every little step counts indeed, not only for the good of the environment, but also for my own health.

Mouthwash: Any natural alternatives to Listerine and Colgate?

A few years ago, I decided to buy Listerine mouthwash to complement my oral hygiene habits, besides brushing my teeth twice a day and flossing every few days. Recently, I came to learn from the internet about the side effects of Listerine. For example, the alcohol content in Listerine is said to cause dryness in the mouth, which actually promotes bacteria overgrowth (and overuse of mouthwash can even cause oral cancer), according to this website.
"The overuse of mouthwash is linked in several studies to oral bacterial infections, tooth decay and cancers of the mouth. The alcohol in the mouthwash is known to cause 'dry mouth' which allows bacterial overgrowth. The solvent properties of alcohol can dissolve fillings. This increases exposure to mercury vapor from amalgam fillings and xenoestrogenic phthalates from composite fillings. Additionally, the alcohol stains teeth and damages the tooth enamel setting up an environment for accelerated tooth decay."
According to this website, the acidity of mouthwashes can cause erosion of dental enamel, which in turn results in teeth sensitivity.
"In another study, at the Division of Restorative Dentistry in Bristol, U.K., researchers found that use of low pH mouthwashes cause erosion of dental enamel that is directly correlated to sensitivity in teeth. People with less enamel complained of much greater tooth sensitivity to hot and cold."
So about a couple of years ago, I decided to switch to using Colgate Plax mouthwash, which doesn't contain alcohol. I use it about once a week on average. Lately, however, I decided to google about some of the ingredients, such as sodium fluoride, and I learnt that this chemical can be toxic to the body if ingested over a long time.

So I am going to look for natural alternatives to the above two mouthwashes. Meanwhile, I learnt from this website that suggests some natural eco-friendly mouthwashes. I will see if I can find them in a pharmacy or natural health store.

Update (as of 7 Oct 2012)

When I was shopping at the supermarket, I managed to find a non-fluoride toothpaste called Elgydium. While it contains sodium lauryl sulfate, at least it doesn't contain sodium fluoride or sodium monofluorophosphate, which is found in almost all other brands of toothpastes. Besides, Elgydium is made in France, the country that bans GMO foods, so I suppose this toothpaste would be considered safer than the other brands, since the country would have observed more stringent health measures both in their food and medical industries.

I also bought Betadine gargle and mouth wash from the supermarket pharmacy, which I suppose doesn't contain fluoride, as there is no mention of this ingredient on the package, so I suppose it would be safer to use than other brands of mouth wash. It is also meant as an antiseptic that soothes sore throats, which I was sometimes prone to, so it would help prevent sore throats too if I were to use it occasionally, perhaps on a weekly basis or so.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Where does canola oil get its name from?

According to someone called Gathana who commented in this website "Danger In The Kitchen:Is Canola Oil Bad For You?"
"Canola stands for “CANadian Oil Low Acid”. It is made from the seed of the rape plant, and was modified (first through plant breeding, then genetically) for low erucic acid which is a potent toxin. There is no known safe quantity for human ingestion. Period. The level in Canola Oil was chosen because cows would tolerate the taste of the waste plant material after squeezing, not because that level was proven safe for humans or cows.

The name was chosen because Rape Oil wasn’t an attractive name. And Canola sounds like some harmless tree nut, right? The only human study done was a joke of a thing involving college boys who promised to only eat canola oil in their diet for six weeks. And they were the students of professors who were pocketing money from agricultural interests who desperately wanted it approved. It provided a great cash crop for cold Canadian lands. The approval by the FDA as “generally safe” followed a threat by western Canadian provinces to turn off the natural gas to Washington and Oregon if it weren’t approved! Many European studies showing its health dangers were ignored. Selective science.

That “natural” Canola Oil on the grocery shelf has been heat- and chemically-expressed, chemically de-gummed, bleached, and color added back. It’s popular for deep fat frying because it doesn’t break down even at exceptionally high temperatures and is terrifically water resistant. Not so easily digested in a human body which is 98.6 degrees and mostly water.

I’ve done extensive research on the history of Canola Oil as a world food crop. I can recommend it as a marine engine lubricant. And I would not eat it on a bet."
Related link:
Choice of healthy cooking oils

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